We are very excited to launch our new format for our evening English courses. This new format has been designed for people with a busy schedule. The class will take place once a week from 18:00 to 20:00 and costs only £130 per term!
Speaking another language can open the door to a new world. We already know of famous actors who learned English to break into Hollywood, but many celebrities continue to surprise us with their impressive language skills. Here is a list of celebrities who can speak multiple languages:
Mark Zuckerberg can speak Chinese
Last year Mark Zuckerberg surprised and delighted audiences at a university in Shanghai by speaking and answering questions in Mandarin and, this year, he and his wife wished a Happy Lunar New Year in the language.
Gwyneth Paltrow is fluent Spanish
Gwyneth fell in love with the Spanish language and culture when she travelled to Spain as a teenager and has been speaking the language ever since.
Ben Affleck speaks Spanish
As a teenager, Ben Affleck spent a year living in Mexico with his brother, Casey. Since then, he has been able to put his language skills to good use, especially when filming in Spanish-speaking locations.
Shakira speaks Portuguese English and Italian
Aside from her native Spanish, Shakira can speak three languages. She learned Portuguese after touring Brazil at the beginning of her career and perfected her English skills while she had an American boyfriend. She learned Italian just for fun but likes to practice whenever she is able to visit Italy.
Bradley Cooper speaks almost fluent French
After being inspired by an actor speaking French in ‘Chariots of Fire’, Bradley Cooper was inspired to study French. He spent six months studying in France whilst living with a French family and has kept up his language skills ever since.
Colin Firth speaks Italian
When Colin Firth met his wife, Italian film producer Livia Giuggioli, he decided to learn Italian as a romantic gesture.
Diane Kruger is fluent in English and French
As well as her native German, Diane Kruger speaks fluent English and French. She learned English through studying in the UK via student exchange programmes and started speaking French when she moved to Paris at the age of 15.
Will Smith speaks Spanish
Will Smith has been giving Spanish-language interviews since 2000 and is received praise for his Spanish-speaking role in the movie, Seven Pounds.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt speaks French
The actor studied French poetry at Colombia University and still gives occasional interviews in French.
Tom Hiddleston speaks French, Spanish and Greek
The Avengers actor is a fan of learning languages and can often be heard giving interviews in Spanish, French and Greek.
Natalie Portman is fluent in Hebrew and also speaks Spanish, German, French and Japanese
The actress was born in Jerusalem and grew up speaking both Hebrew and English but she also speaks Spanish, French, Japanese, German and Spanish to different levels.
Originally the word Ceilidh (kay-lee) descended from the Gaelic word for ‘gathering’ or ‘party’… However, these days when people think of a Ceilidh, they think of a fun-filled night of wild dancing, good music and great company!
A ceilidh is a Scottish social event which involves traditional folk music and dancing. You will normally come across ceilidhs on special occasions such as weddings, birthdays and anniversaries. However, there are several venues across Edinburgh and Scotland which regularly host ceilidhs all year round such as Summerhall and the Ghillie Dhu.
To start this article we’d like to have you in the mood. Here is a super nice video that you can play in the background while reading to feel the Sottish spirit.
How does this Ceilidh thing work?
So one of the band members walks us through each dance. He explains each part of it until it seems like we understand. We try it once without music before doing it “full out”. Then, the music starts, he gives us the cue so we all start at the same time and you just hope you remember the moves! Each dance lasts between 5 and 10 minutes. The dance moves aren’t really hard, you just have to remember them!
Here’s an example:
Where does Ceilidh come from?
Dating back to 1875, Ceilidh originates from Scotland and Ireland although its name comes from Gaelic; it’s a combination of Scottish, Irish and English folk music.
Ceilidh music and dancing (pronounced “kay-lee” and meaning “visit”) is becoming more and more popular! We are getting a number of enquiries from brides and grooms to be as well as others planning a celebration, requesting a Ceilidh band for their special event. As so many people are asking all about it we thought it would be useful to tell you what it is, where it came from and why it makes an electric party atmosphere with plenty of fizzing excitement!
Traditionally it is a gathering or social event, and it didn’t necessarily involve any dancing. These days a Ceilidh is a sociable way to bring people together involving Scottish music and dance.
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A Ceilidh band normally consists of two or three people, a fiddler, an accordionist and a ‘caller’ to help everyone get into the swing of things and learn the dances. But, line-ups may also include guitarists, drums, keyboards and whistles amongst other instruments.
Nowadays, the music isn’t always traditional either, it can be very contemporary as there are a number of new-style Ceilidh bands bringing a fresh slant on the old folk songs and even putting a twist on current music. This makes it funky, modern and gives you a brand new sound. There’s plenty of rock and roll influence now as well, so if you really want your guests to get down and groove check-out some of Warble Entertainment’s Ceilidh bands – they are absolutely guaranteed to get even the most reluctant dancer strutting their stuff!
Here a wee list of the usual Scottish dances that you can enjoy at a Ceilidh:
– Virginia Reel
– Military Two-Step
– Cumberland Reel
– Flying Scotsman
– Canadian Barndance
– Cumberland Square 8 (the one with the baskets)
– Circassian Circle
– St. Bernard’s Waltz
What is its role in Scottish culture?
Most people in Scotland know how to ceilidh dance. They were taught in gym lessons at school. It is often used to bring together two sides of a family at a wedding to start the party, or as a celebration at a work, Christmas or corporate party.
Who is a Ceilidh Suitable for?
The beauty of a ceilidh or Barn Dance is that everyone can take part, young or old, experienced dancers, to beginners and even those with two left feet! No experience is necessary! It doesn’t matter what age, ability or personality type a person is – everyone loves to get involved and no experience is necessary! It is very easy to pick up.
The dances are all varied and there are plenty of paces available, fast, slow and even mid-tempo – so if some of the dances are hard to keep up with that’s your cue to take a break and perhaps enjoy a glass of champagne or wine before you get involved again. Party-goers love the flexibility of a Ceilidh because you may get moving when you want and take a break when your feet can’t keep up any more.
If you ever get the chance to go to a Ceilidh, don’t hesitate and just go! This will be the best memory of your time in Scotland! It may seem intimidating to go to a Ceilidh, but don’t worry if you don’t know the moves, somebody will help you!
Ceilidhs are a lot of fun and they play a regular part in our social programme, so you will have plenty of time to practice once you’re here!
Valentine’s Day is known around the world as a celebration of love and romance where people show their affection for their loved ones, often by exchanging cards and gifts. Although the day is celebrated in many countries, the way people spend can be very different!
Here are some examples of how people celebrate Valentine’s Day in different countries around the world:
1.Valentine’s Day in Japan
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Unlike in most Western cultures, it is traditional in Japan for women to give men gifts (often chocolate) on 14th February. A month later, on 14th March, Japan celebrates White Day, where men traditionally present women with gifts such as jewellery, clothing and chocolates that are around two or three times more valuable than the gifts they received from their partners on Valentine’s Day
2.Valentine’s Day in South Korea
Valentine’s Day traditions in South Korea are similar to those of Japan and it is customary for women in South Korea to buy men gifts on 14th February. They also celebrate White Day one month later when the men reciprocate their feelings buy giving women gifts on 14th March.
However, after this day, South Koreans continue the tradition with Black Day where single people meet up to celebrate or mourn single life (depending on their viewpoint). Many will meet up at restaurants to eat jajangmyeon (자장면), which is made up of Korean noodles in black bean sauce and referred to as black noodles.
3.Valentine’s Day in Denmark & Norway
On Valentine’s Day, it is customary for Danish and Norwegian men to send women Gaekkebrev which are funny poems or love letters. They send these notes anonymously and leave a small clue at the bottom of the page (a series of dots where each dot represents one letter of their name). The woman must then guess who has sent her the card and, if she is right, she will receive an Easter egg later in the year. If she fails to guess the identity of her secret admirer, she must give him an Easter egg instead.
4.Valentine’s Day in Finland & Estonia
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On 14th February in Finland and Estonia, friendship rather than romantic love is celebrated. The day is referred to as ‘Friends’ Day’ and people exchange cards and presents with their friends.
In Italy, Valentine’s Day was originally celebrated as the Spring Festival, where young couples would gather outside in gardens to enjoy poetry readings and music. It was also said that the first man a young, unmarried woman saw on Valentine’s Day would be the man she would marry.
Today, Italians celebrate Valentine’s Day by giving gifts to their partners and having candlelit dinners together. One of the most popular gifts to give are baci perugina, which are chocolate-covered hazelnuts wrapped in paper with romantic notes printed in four languages.
Brazilians celebrate their version of Valentine’s Day or Dia dos Namorados (Lovers’ Day) on 12th June. On this day, music festivals and events take place throughout the country and gifts and cards are exchanged with friends and family as well as romantic partners.
7. South Africa
As with many Western cultures, South Africans celebrate Valentine’s Day by going on a romantic date with their loved one and exchanging cards and gifts. It is also customary for young women and some men to take part in an old Roman tradition known as Lupercalia where they pin the name of their love interest on their sleeve.
Today, Valentine’s Day is celebrated in France in the same way as many Western countries by giving flowers, Valentine’s cards and gifts to romantic partners and love interests.
However, an old tradition which is now banned was une loterie d’amour or ‘a drawing for love’. This custom would take place in two houses situated opposite each other where single men in one house would face single women in the other and they would call out to each other through the windows until they eventually paired off. If the men were not fond of their match, they would leave her for another man to call. All of the women who were not matched by the end would gather around a bonfire in which they burned images and belongings of the men who rejected them.
Valentine’s Day is celebrated in the Philippines in a similar way to Western countries but it is also common for shared wedding ceremonies to take place on this day. The custom of mass wedding ceremonies has become popular in the recent years and many couples get married or renew their wedding vows together all year round.
Across the UK, Valentine’s Day is celebrated in the same way as many other countries and it is customary for British people to exchange flowers, cards, chocolates and other gifts with their loved one. Historically, St Valentine’s Day was celebrated differently depending on the region:
10. Valentine’s Day in Scotland
An old Scottish tradition during Valentine’s parties is to play a game where an equal number of single men and women write their names on pieced of paper which is then folded and dropped into two hats (one for men and one for women). Each woman then draws the name of one man from the hat and vice versa. If a man and woman draw matching names from their respective hats, they have to stay together throughout the evening. If a man draws a name which does not match, he has to spend the evening with the woman who drew his name from the hat. Today, the tradition is not widely practised but it is still played in some households just for fun.
11. Valentine’s Day in Wales
The Welsh equivalent to Valentine’s Day is St Dwynwen’s Day which honours the patron saint of lovers and is celebrated on the 25th January each year. On this day, hand-carved wooden spoons were traditionally given by men to their love interests. They would carve intricate designs onto the spoons’ handles which had symbolic significance. For example, wheels would signify a man’s hard work and keys would represent his heart.
12. Valentine’s Day in England
Traditionally, unmarried women in England would pin bay leaves on each corner of their pillow in the belief that they would dream of their future husband. Young ladies would also write their love interests’ names on pieces of paper and put them inside clay balls that they would drop into the water. It was believed that the name on whichever paper came up first would represent their future husband. In Norfolk in the East of English, traditional folklore tells of a character called ‘Jack Valentine’ which is said to leave presents for children on Valentines’ eve. Although it is not known how this tradition started, it is still practised amongst some families.
We are very excited to launch our a new format for our evening English Exam Preparation. This new format has been designed for people with a busy schedule. The class will take place once a week from 6 pm to 8.15pm and cost only £150 per term!
Term starts on the5th of March 2019.
If you want to increase your chances of success and prepare for your IELTS or Cambridge exam, this new programme is for you!
You can choose between:
This English course will ensure that you are adequately prepared by focusing on each part of the examination including:
Listening, speaking, reading and writing
Multiple choice and text with gaps
Use of English
Word formation and sentence completion
It will cover the following:
The format and procedures of the examination
Grammar and vocabulary development
Examination error correction
Academic vocabulary and style
Critical thinking and reflective learning
Continuous practise through the use of past papers and other materials
Duration of the term:
4-week course with 2 people in the group
5-week course with 3 people in the group
6-week course with 4 people in the group
8-week course with 5 to 10 people in the group
As with any other group course, the maximum class size is 10 students.